Saturday, January 24, 2004

Cost of hosting Muhammad trial - $558,701

According to this report ("Virginia Beach tallies cost of sniper trial at $558,701," 1/24/2004) in the Norfolk paper, the cost to the City of Virginia Beach of hosting the trial of convicted murder John Muhammad was $558,701.

I'd say the security costs were the least of it. Someone was telling me the other day that the cost to date for the federal government in lawyer fees and costs just for the defense side in the Gilmore and Church case was much more than $1,000,000, and this is before the next trial begins in February. I wonder what the defense costs will be in the Muhammad and Malvo cases.

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